Mellanby Course: Diagnostic Tests for Osteoporosis

This two-day course is designed for healthcare professionals working in metabolic bone disease. Sign up to receive our health professional updates to be the first to hear when we will next be delivering the course.

 Clinical Use of Bone Turnover Markers

Course Overview: 

Bone Turnover Markers (BTM) have long been used as diagnostic tests for metabolic bone diseases. In the past 20 years, markers that are more specific to bone have been introduced and have been found to be useful in osteoporosis, particularly for monitoring treatment. This course provides a background to the clinical use of bone turnover markers. 

Target Audience: 

This day-long course is open to clinicians (eg. endocrinology, rheumatology, care of the elderly and clinical chemistry), radiographers, radiologists, assistant practitioners, laboratory scientists and nurses involved in the clinical management of patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures. 

Identification of Vertebral Fracture

Course Overview: 

Up to one in five older people will have vertebral fracture, but most are unaware of this. Such fractures can be diagnosed by spinal radiographs but more recently, the bone densitometer has been used for this purpose: vertebral fracture assessment. The use of this technique is increasing worldwide; this course gives a basic training on the identification of vertebral fractures. 


Target audience: 

This day-long course is open to clinicians, scan technicians,  radiographers, radiologists, assistant practitioners and nurses involved in developing and delivering fracture risk assessment services.



About the course

The Mellanby Course has been developed to apply the scientific knowledge and research expertise developed within the Mellanby Centre to offer high quality training for clinicians, allied health professionals and laboratory scientists working in the field of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. The course has been delivered twice in the UK as well as at locations across the globe. From 2017 onwards, the National Osteoporosis Society is facilitating the course with support from a panel of experts based at the Mellanby Centre

How to register

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Course history

1974 - 2001: The University of Sheffield's Medical School has a strong track record in basic, translational and clinical bone research. The recent era began with the establishment of the Department of Chemical Pathology in 1974 by Professor Jack Martin and continued as the Department of Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry under the leadership of Professor Graham Russell for 25 years to 2001. 

2007: An independent assessment by Evidence Ltd, ranked the University of Sheffield top in the UK (UK Bone Research Report 2017). In agreement with this, ISI Thomson ranked the University of Sheffield number one in the UK and among the top four academic centres in the world for its research into osteoporosis. 

2009: The Mellanby Centre for Bone Research (MCBR) was established by The University of Sheffield as a centre for excellence which brings together researchers from the Medical School, the School of Health and Related Research, the School of Clinical Dentistry, the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

2014: The first Mellanby Centre Training Course: Diagnostic Tests for Osteoporosis was delivered in Sheffield. The course was run again in 2015, also in Sheffield. 

2015 - 2017: The Mellanby Course is delivered internationally in Serbia, Madrid and Salsburg. 

2017: The National Osteoporosis Society is invited to take on the stewardship of the Mellanby Course and begins working with the Mellanby Course Oversight Group, chaired by Richard Eastell, Professor of Bone Metabolism, Director of the Mellanby Centre for Bone Research, University of Sheffield, UK, to develop the next course.